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Do You Use Cone Packs In An Electric Kiln?

24 October 2015 - 02:41 PM

Okay, so I really pulled a goofy one this last firing. Had everything in glaze load, loaded up water smoked a bit to keep morning made cone pack from blowing up and to allow the recently glazed pots to dry up. It comes to 12 midnight, and decision time. I know it won't be anywhere near ready til early morning if I fie it to all switches(3) on ten, probably 5 am. I decided to put the bottom on 10, Mid to 9, and the top to 7. All this figuring to fire a little on all at 10 when I got up at 7. Next morning 7 out to the kiln, cone 5, 6, and 7 are down. Can't really tell how bad, but glow  is not white still yellow orange. 24 hours later, I unload and find that one teapot lid is glued on, another lid that did not get fired on the pot is glued to the shelf, but other than some darker earthier colors, all is good. Definitely a potentially bad situation came in OK, Lucky me!  


This got me to thinking about my cone packs, and how I am the last of a really gone breed. Still firing with cone packs in an electric kiln. Got me also to thinking that maybe someone would like to see what my cone pack looks like.



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You can see the standard fire I do in the middle, the one on the right is Wednesday nights, and the one on the left is one I made at the same time as Wednesday for the next load.




What $70 Got Me.worth It, Or Not?

24 July 2015 - 06:53 PM

So I had a phone call from an old colleague and student in my adult classes. Seems her daughter was wishing to get rid of an American Beauty AB-18 kiln. Price was $50 with some other things included. I went on line to check on the kiln, and found that the bricks with slight changes would fit the Amaco Gold that I am rebuilding the bottom layer in. Picked up the kiln today, all in decent shape, 230V24A, lid crack 4 varied shelves. There were also several boxes of kiln furniture wire stilts, pyro bars, oodles of brushes, sponges and assorted other items. So when all was loaded in, I gave them a fifty dollar bill, and added a twenty to it. As I told my granddaughter later, I would have felt like I had stolen it from them even though they might have been happy, I would have worried over it, this way I am feeling fine, as I know they are.


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Did I do OK? I think I did, but then maybe I'm just a patsy.


Best, Pres

Stretching Your Limits

18 July 2015 - 09:17 AM

We have seen a lot of discussion over the years about throwing larger, developing more texture, breaking out of slumps, becoming more creative. I was wondering how you prepare for doing something new, or returning to something you have not done for a while. I have been reading a fantasy novel lately where the character is constantly trying to improve his strengths by doing a little more "exercise" each day. I find that when I am trying to throw larger, especially of late :wacko:, I try working with larger and larger amounts of clay over a series of weeks til I get to the point that I am throwing at a limit, then I push for a little bit more. The same goes with shaping(inflating) the form. Larger forms have a tendency to be standard columns with some shaping for the belly, shoulder and neck, but I try to inflate the forms more past what I am used to by careful working of the form to get a much larger diameter even though that causes a loss of height and sometimes collapses completely. There are other examples of how to "stretch your muscles" what do you do?

Reccomendations For Sc White Stoneware/porcelain

26 April 2015 - 09:23 AM

I have been considering a return to a white clay body with Standard Ceramics, ^6 range. I believe the last time I used a white body was with either the 240, or the buff/off white 553.  I was wondering as there are lots of folks out there using SC clays. . . what do you like/recommend. Remember that I can throw, and a challenging, but rewarding clay would not be a problem for me. . . . I think!  I usually split my order with two different clay bodies, a light and darker. This time with a light to medium and a white/off white.




When Do You Know To Start Regular Firing Of Your Kiln?

22 April 2015 - 04:38 PM

I was loading a kiln load up today, glazing as I went, loading each piece as I usually do into the kiln when finished with it. I set of my pre waxed taller pieces aside, working on the patens(plates). I go through a series of dip glazes, sprayed and poured glazes, and some atomized on stains. I then finish the foot ring by using a damp sponge on the foot rings of the patens while on the griffin grip. Chalices are done much the same, in batches of 2 or 4 to match patens. I placed the lid on the kiln(mine is not hinged, but has two handles) leaving a little space up top for early venting. I  also leave out the peep plugs on the top two layers.  All kiln switches were turned to 9 o'clock which is 25% on my switches.


An hour later, I have closed the lid, but leave the switches at the same position. What simple test could I use to tell when to start up the regular firing? This is for the newbies out there, and the experienced folks also. I have been noticing questions involving, shivering, spots on kiln shelves, and other things that this test could help alleviate. Answers folks?